By Luke Gelinas, IRB Chair, and James Riddle, VP of Institutional Services
COVID-19 is rapidly changing the way research is conducted. One of the biggest changes is the move from traditional face-to-face study interactions toward remote visits and data collection. This general approach holds clear benefits. In addition to mitigating public health risks and permitting research to continue, it may promote participant autonomy by yielding more flexibility over the research experience. However, it also holds challenges. One such challenge is how to conduct effective participant safety monitoring at a distance.